Angèle Dubeau, her ensemble La Pietà and Daniel Bélanger yesterday offered an unforgettable musical moment on the occasion of the Tremblant Music Festival. Wrapped in threads, Bélanger’s poetic universe could only be amplified.
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The sky was tinged with pink, while a myriad of spectators awaited, feverishly, the start of a concert that already promised to be unforgettable. Double bass player, cellist, violinists, violists and Daniel Bélanger on guitar struggled to tune their instruments. The heart of Tremblant village was literally packed.
The founder of this unifying musical event had, as usual for the Sunday evening concert, swapped the artistic director’s hat for the violin and bow.
As a preamble to the evening, Angèle Dubeau and the musicians of her ensemble La Pietà performed pieces from Concerto 25And anniversary that brings together several key works from his repertoire. The all-female ensemble produced three tracks from the latest album She, whose intoxicating Flight, by Rachel Portman. They then premiered two key songs from an album due out in October, a portrait dedicated to the Polish composer Alex Baranowski.
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The instrumental part of the concert ended with the sublime and intense piece The Grand Master’s Suite and the magnificent work of Max Richter Don Nobis Pacem.
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“I’m spoiling and I think I spoil you too!”, Launched the 60-year-old violinist emeritus, when Daniel Bélanger took the stage and donned his guitar strap.
From the first notes of Madness in four, the audience was able to fully understand how he would participate in a unique meeting. The soaring strings have already enveloped the songs of Bélanger’s repertoire with poetic beauty and exceptional richness.
There were several moments of pure happiness, especially during the revisited pieces two springs, Imperfect, The end of man And you can go. The pleasure of the violinist, her musicians and her illustrious guest was more than palpable.
Festival attendees were also treated to songs that Bélanger hardly ever performs live, like Electric primatewhich has been completely renovated with the contribution of violins, e One two three I will have forgotten everythingtrack from his album Paloma, which he had never allowed himself to do in public. A fabulous and unexpected discovery for many. As for the orchestration of the magnificent A song for mehe seemed to want to lend, like words, a sensitive and beneficial comfort.
There was an extraordinary time with Say everything without saying anything, where the audience applauded from the very first notes. The song was offered as a trio – guitar, violin and piano – which brought a lot of sweetness and calm to this delicate song that addresses mental illness.
Finally, the songwriter, who will release a tenth album in October, entitled Mercury in May, he invited the crowd to sing after him before starting the first chords of Dream better.
As a reminder, the public was treated to a second version of Say it all without saying anything, this time in an accomplice duo Bélanger & Dubeau. The magnificent line of violins was thus able to be fully savored, thus offering a magical moment to the many festival goers, conquered.
In the middle of the afternoon, people gathered around the tent where Catherine Major was in her fourth performance behind the public piano. Very charming, her children sitting at her feet, the singer-songwriter has delivered several songs from her repertoire, including some titles from her latest album, Motherboardhow Claustrophobic And Sole survivor.
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The one who learned the piano language from the age of 4 made the crowd hum softly to the superb human voice and performed the beautiful love song Nothing at all.
Completely inhabited by the project Albertine in Five Times, The Opera, whose musical creation he ensured, the artist also offered a very promising melodic taste of this brand new creation which will be on display at the Rideau Vert this week.